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NAMEfputc — put a byte on a stream
int fputc(int c, FILE *stream);
The functionality described on this reference page is aligned with the
ISO C standard. Any conflict between the requirements described here
and the ISO C standard is unintentional. This volume of POSIX.1‐2008
defers to the ISO C standard.
The fputc() function shall write the byte specified by c (converted to
an unsigned char) to the output stream pointed to by stream, at the
position indicated by the associated file-position indicator for the
stream (if defined), and shall advance the indicator appropriately. If
the file cannot support positioning requests, or if the stream was
opened with append mode, the byte shall be appended to the output
The last data modification and last file status change timestamps of
the file shall be marked for update between the successful execution of
fputc() and the next successful completion of a call to fflush() or
fclose() on the same stream or a call to exit() or abort().
Upon successful completion, fputc() shall return the value it has writ‐
ten. Otherwise, it shall return EOF, the error indicator for the stream
shall be set, and errno shall be set to indicate the error.
The fputc() function shall fail if either the stream is unbuffered or
the stream's buffer needs to be flushed, and:
EAGAIN The O_NONBLOCK flag is set for the file descriptor underlying
stream and the thread would be delayed in the write operation.
EBADF The file descriptor underlying stream is not a valid file
descriptor open for writing.
EFBIG An attempt was made to write to a file that exceeds the maximum
EFBIG An attempt was made to write to a file that exceeds the file
size limit of the process.
EFBIG The file is a regular file and an attempt was made to write at
or beyond the offset maximum.
EINTR The write operation was terminated due to the receipt of a sig‐
nal, and no data was transferred.
EIO A physical I/O error has occurred, or the process is a member of
a background process group attempting to write to its control‐
ling terminal, TOSTOP is set, the calling thread is not blocking
SIGTTOU, the process is not ignoring SIGTTOU, and the process
group of the process is orphaned. This error may also be
returned under implementation-defined conditions.
ENOSPC There was no free space remaining on the device containing the
EPIPE An attempt is made to write to a pipe or FIFO that is not open
for reading by any process. A SIGPIPE signal shall also be sent
to the thread.
The fputc() function may fail if:
ENOMEM Insufficient storage space is available.
ENXIO A request was made of a nonexistent device, or the request was
outside the capabilities of the device.
The following sections are informative.
Section 2.5, Standard I/O Streams, ferror(), fopen(), getrlimit(),
putc(), puts(), setbuf(), ulimit()
The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1‐2008, <stdio.h>
Portions of this text are reprinted and reproduced in electronic form
from IEEE Std 1003.1, 2013 Edition, Standard for Information Technology
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